The objective of this project is to determine how the composition of cross-cultural information technology (IT) development teams contributes to project success. Increasingly, IT projects are conducted across cultural boundaries, and this research will address the issues relevant to project success in this context. A cross-cultural IT team is defined as a project team responsible for an IT project. Part of the team is responsible for one phase of the project, and another part of the team is responsible for another phase of the project. For example, the requirements definition of the project may be handled by the U.S., and the implementation may be handled by Indian developers. The composition of cross-cultural teams will be defined by the cultural difference factors identified by Hofstede (2001). These factors include: Power Distance Index (PDI): society’s endorsement of inequality, hierarchy; Individualism Index (IDV): individuals look after themselves, not the overall good; Masculinity (MAS): assertive, competitive orientation; and Uncertainty Avoidance (UAI): feeling of discomfort in an unstructured situation.
Summer, Mary and Molka-Danielsen, Judith, "Research on Global Information Technology Teams and Project Success - Research in Progress" (2008). International Research Workshop on IT Project Management 2008. 16.